The Hope Slide

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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12 354 contributions
Jun 2021
Our summer road trip adventure eventually took us to Hope. The primary reason for our visit was to patronize the Othello Tunnels; however, we also wanted to make best use of time while in the vicinity. Thus, after a quick lunch at the Hope Pizza Place, we made our way towards the site of the Hope Slide, just off Highway 3. Arriving at the pullout, the scar from the slide is readily visible and, let me tell you, any picture fails to do it justice. The debris field – littered as it is with massive boulders – and what’s left of Johnson Peak speak to the level of sheer destruction and chaos that occurred here 56 years ago. Information boards on site tell the tale.

In brief, the slide occurred in the early morning of hours of 9 January 1965. Just after 7AM, half of Johnson Peak collapsed, sending an estimated 47 million cubic meters of rock, mud, trees and other debris tumbling over 1,800 meters to the valley below. The sheer volume and force of the debris completely displaced Outram Lake, which was located below the mountain. The slide also covered 3 kilometers of highway and, sadly, took 4 lives. For a detailed visual account of this natural disaster, I’d recommend seeing the Royal BC Museum’s “This Week in History” series.

Even though so much time has passed, the Hope Slide’s impact is still visible and felt today. As a result of the slide, the highway had to be completely re-routed and now skirts the existing debris field. Curiously, a small section of the “old” highway can still be driven near the slide area, but nature is starting to take over (the paved section, while still in decent shape, has gotten quite narrow in some areas).

When we visited, a couple of helicopters carrying water buckets flew by. BC’s fire season was well under way. Nature can indeed be tough, but maybe it’s her way of trying to keep us in line? We can be a challenging lot, after all.

If you’re passing through Hope, I do recommend visiting this site. It is awe-inspiring and a stark reminder of nature’s power. Think of it this way: The Hope Slide is recognized as the second largest landslide in Canadian history, only behind the 2010 Mount Meager slide. Crazy!
Written 23 October 2021
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sashakeena
Vancouver, Canada11 271 contributions
Sep 2021
Still remember seeing this historic event as a kid on mom & dad's black & white TV. So to see this after all of the time that has passed is still amazing to witness. Well worth stopping to remember the lives that were lost!
Written 6 September 2021
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Lucy_Port
Port Stanley, Canada24 contributions
Jul 2021
Not as stunning as the Frank Slide, but a nice pull off for a break. Untamed vegetation and large parking areas.
Written 10 July 2021
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Cindy E
Hope, Canada16 contributions
Jul 2019
If your graveling the #3 highway this is a must stop attraction. The history is very interesting as well as their are bathrooms.
Written 5 March 2020
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KimberleyJohn
Golden, Canada152 contributions
Dec 2019
Driving through this section of B.C spotted all the pull-out info and decided to check out the info displays.They explain the time this event happened and mention the people caught in the disaster.You can see the areas devastated by the slide.It makes you want to learn more about this event as well as the area. I recommend this site to all tourists and residents passing this area.Very important historical event and 6 kilometers east is the former Japanese internment camp called Tashme which has restored buildings and a museum.They have a website with opening dates and times.There is hiking maps at Sunshine Valley R.V.Site for the many trails in this area.Allow some time to visit these great spots!
Written 19 February 2020
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nickss1
Southend-on-Sea, UK4 433 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
We stopped at the site of a huge natural disaster, which happened in the 1960s. It’s just off the main route, with information board. Worth a stop
Written 17 October 2019
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Greigk
Central Saanich, Canada135 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Viewpoint is well signed and easy to access. Scary to imagine what it would have been like to witness happening.
To my surprise, there is an electric vehicle charging station there at the viewpoint.
Written 17 August 2019
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Roadmite
CA144 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Stopped at this rest stop and couldn't imagine the devastation this slide did. Quick short hike is in order as well.
Written 2 August 2019
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John P
Stockton-on-Tees, UK210 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Huge landslide from 1965 that wiped out the main highway and took 4 lives. Can't believe that some numbnuts have to leave graffiti on the rocks.
Written 27 July 2019
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EagerB
Campbell River, Canada1 215 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Seemed surreal driving through this part of BC’s interior highway imagining what this would have sounded like and what it would have looked like. In doing research, it’s a wonder , more were not killed or seriously injured.
Written 10 July 2019
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